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Morley railway bridge opens ahead of schedule

The new footbridge close to Morley station has opened early.

The new footbridge close to Morley station has opened early.

A new pedestrian bridge over a busy railway line close to Morley Station has been opened ahead of schedule.

The bridge, which replaces a crossing across the railway line, was built following the death of 16-year-old Natasha Elliott who was hit by a train while using the crossing in 2010.

Coun Robert Finnigan, who chaired the group who negotiated the delivery of the bridge, said: “It was to be opened by Boxing Day but I am delighted it has been delivered earlier.

“This means that the old crossing can now be removed which leaves everyone who uses this popular footpath route much safer.”

The campaign group consisted of Leeds City and Morley town councillors along with the Ramblers Association, Northern Rail and British Transport Police.

Coun Finnigan added: “At the beginning of our discussions it appeared Northern Rail was keen to have the crossing removed without exploring an alternative option. It was only through exploring the issues further that we identified the possibility of a footbridge.

“It has cost Northern Rail over £500,000 to deliver the bridge but it is money well spent if it prevents a further tragedy.

“I want to thank Northern Rail for their support along with Coun Janet Harrison and Steve Hunter who have worked tirelessly to deliver this important safety improvement.”

 

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